Experts

HealTorture draws experts from across the country and around the world to speak and write on topics in the field of torture rehabilitation. Click on an expert's name to learn more about them and check out their presentations and/or articles.

Hana Mirach

Hana Mirach is the Director of Resettlement and Refugee School Impact Program at Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc, a not-for-profit agency that assists refugees resettled in Buffalo, NY. She has devoted over 7 years to Journey’s End and her clients, motivating and encouraging refugees to be independent and self-sufficient members of our community. A refugee herself, Hana is dedicated to serving refugee populations, and previously worked for UNHCR in Cairo, Egypt.

Richard F. Mollica

Richard F. Mollica, MD, MAR is the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. While at Yale he also trained in epidemiology and received a philosophy degree from the Divinity School. In 1981, Dr. Mollica co-founded the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic (IPC). Over the past two decades HPRT and IPC have pioneered the mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture.

Erin Morgan, PhD, LMFT

Erin Morgan worked with CVT from 2007-2014 before going into private practice. In her role as a CVT headquarters-based International Services Clinical Consultant for DRC and the PATH Project, she brought direct field experience from a year in Pweto, Democratic Republic of Congo, where she was a CVT psychotherapist/trainer doing group and individual therapy.

Laura Morrissette

Laura Morrisette, MA, LMHC, is a multilingual psychotherapist with extensive experience in multicultural psychotherapy. She has worked with the Cambodian community in social service and psychotherapy for twenty years. In the past several years she has expanded her multicultural work to serve Latino asylees and new refugees.

Nancy Murakami, MSW, LCSW

Nancy Murakami is a clinical social worker and former Director of Social Services at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT), a comprehensive torture treatment center in New York City addressing the complex needs of torture survivors. An adjunct assistant professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, Nancy trains in New York City and across the country on topics including trauma informed care, refugee services, clinical approaches, and staff wellbeing.

Laura Murray, Ph.D.

 Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of International Health, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health; Laura has expertise in multiple evidence-based treatment models, and studies the transportability, adaptation and training of these in low-income countries with a focus on youth and families. Her most recent work is with traumatized youth populations in Zambia and Cambodia.

Laura Murray

Dr. Laura Murray is Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of International Health, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Murray studies the transportability, adaptation and training of these in low-income countries with a focus on youth and families. Dr. Murray is highly trained in numerous evidence-based treatments, with a particular specialty in researching and treating trauma and grief.

Melba Nicholson Sullivan, PhD

Dr. Melba Sullivan comes to the Program for Survivors of Torture after living in Nigeria, and completing a Global Mental Health Certificate with the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma. She provides supervision, clinical assessment, group and individual therapy and regularly facilitates trainings in managing workplace stress and working with trauma survivors. Dr. Sullivan is a graduate of Howard University, and earned her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Andrea Northwood, PhD

Director of Client Services
 

Dr. Northwood has worked at CVT since 1995, where she has served as a clinical psychologist providing psychological evaluation and psychotherapy to survivors of politically motivated torture and their family members, including children and adolescents. Since 2006, she has been responsible for supervising client services staff in program work; providing overall management of the clinic; directing and implementing the development, delivery, and evaluation of services to clients and overseeing the performance and functioning of the client services program.

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